Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection

Academic Offerings

As one of the three academic centers at Elmhurst College, we believe it is important to supplement your educational experience with co-curricular service projects. To enhance your academic program, we offer two Religious Studies courses during J-Term. You do not have to be a religious studies student to participate. In fact, we welcome students of all majors. 

  • REL 280 is designed to introduce students interested in professional ministry or lay leadership to the concepts of ministry and callings, historically, biblically, and present day. Through theological and biblical reflection, praxis, and discernment, students will gain insight into their own calling to ministry, whether in the church or in the world.
  • REL 281 provides students a wide-ranging knowledge of how religious principles and faith have informed engagement with society and have motivated pursuits of humanitarian and religious service throughout history. This course is open to all students across academic disciplines and religious perspectives. 

The Niebuhr Center also works with the Religious Studies department to facilitate departmental internships. Students have received internships in a variety of locations, such as: Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Evangelical Child and Family Agency, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Pacific School of Religion, Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, The Night Ministry, and many more!

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